Rob Roberge is a modern master of the down-and-out-that-just-got-worse….Prose this carefully wrought and true puts him in the tradition of Bukowski, Hammett, and Denis Johnson. —Steve Almond
To the shock of lovers and rivals, indie guitarist Bud Barrett, is finally–if tenuously–married, clean and sober. Now he faces the challenge of staying that way. To avoid repeating the past, Bud needs to confront the ghosts that dwell there. After decades of seeking redemption in the arms of “pervy Florence Nightingales,” Bud finds himself still haunted by his mother’s abandonment, his own array of crimes, and a murder he witnessed as a child. As he revisits his life of grief and reckless excess, all paths lead to his long-estranged father, a man with his own turbulent history and the only one who can connect Bud’s fragments, unlocking the answers that just might save him.
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